An ASME EFx is designed to bring the excitement, community, innovation and vibrant experience of an ASME E-Fests flagship event, to local colleges and universities around the world. An ASME EFx event is planned and executed by local organizers with the support of ASME staff, and allows the spirit of engineering and connection to ASME and ASME E-Fests, to spread to students on a global level, without the cost and travel prohibitions that may exist by attending an ASME E-Fests event.
EFx events are an exciting opportunity for local colleges and universities to engage their engineering students in a unique way, provide professional development and skills training and prepare students to compete at full ASME E-Fests.
Much like an ASME E-Fests event, an ASME EFx is made up of similar components, but on a smaller scale (100-300 students) and a shorter duration (1/2 day to full day). These include, but are not limited to the following:
- Keynote Session: Address from the host institute, ASME representative, followed by a Keynote Speaker/Guest lecture that may focus on ASME’s core technologies (see playbook).
- Knowledge/Training Events: Interactive workshops/sessions on design, soft skills and professional development topics to prepare students who may be participating in competitions at ASME E-Fest events.
- Impromptu Competitions: These challenges may be aligned with competitions at ASME E-Fests to provide students with practical skills and exposure to the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC), Student Design Competition (SDC), Old Guard Oral and Poster Competition, and Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D Competition (IAM3D). . Impromptu challenges may also be at the discretion of the host institute and local organizers, and they should promote teamwork and enhancement of engineering skills.
- Innovation Showcase: Critical thinking sessions that will enable students to understand how technology is being used to improve the quality of life for underserved communities.
- Social/Fun/Networking Event: Performance/Entertainment/Networking event to encourage students to interact, have fun and celebrate engineering!
- Local Organizers: Volunteers who put together the end to end local ASME EFx event in compliance with the ASME EFx Contract, Playbook and Training. *Most often, the Local Organizers will be College Students who are in an ASME Student Section. It may also include Faculty Advisors and Senior Section or Division Members who are helping to support the event.
- Local Attendees: These are the individuals (mainly college students) who come to the local ASME EFx event as a participant in order to network with potential employers, compete in impromptu challenges, learn and test new skills, or socialize and network with fellow classmates.
- Sponsors: These companies may consider sponsoring a local ASME EFx event in order to recruit college students for internship programs or jobs, showcase their products/services, or introduce their brand to engineering students.
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